Lot 1703: ORDERED BY SIR ALEC GUINNESS WILLIAM EVANS A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 18313,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
ORDERED BY SIR ALEC GUINNESS
A 12-BORE BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 18313,
28in. nitro barrels, rib engraved ''WILLIAM EVANS. 67A ST. JAMES''S STREET. LONDON. W.1'', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 3/4 choke, automatic safety, acanthus scroll engraving, the action signed ''WILLIAM EVANS'', retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 15 1/2in. stock including 1in. wooden extension, with gold escutcheon engraved ''M.G.'' weight 6lb. 7oz., in its canvas and leather case with William Evans trade label
Provenance: The vendor has kindly supplied with us copy of the entry in the original order book at William Evans, dated December 21st 1959, confirming that the gun was ordered by Sir Alec Guinness for his son, Matthew Guinness. The gun is listed as being ''Evans. 12. C7 top snap double hammerless box lock ejector gun with 28in. steel barrels left choke''. An additional note on the page confirms the total paid for the gun was £95.18.6
Sir Alec Guinness CH CBE (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), General Yevgraf Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Professor Godbole in A Passage to India (1984). He is also known for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas''s original Star Wars trilogy, receiving a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Guinness was one of three major British actors, along with Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, who successfully made the transition from Shakespearean theatre in their home country to Hollywood blockbusters immediately after the Second World War. He also won a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, and a Tony Award, as well as an Academy Award. In 1959, he was knighted by Elizabeth II for services to the arts. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 1980, and the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 1989.